Ruben “Rooster” Mendoza, Sr.

Funeral services will be held for Ruben “Rooster” Mendoza Sr., 64, of Lawrence on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Ks. He passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Ruben was born to parents Manuel and Mary Angela (Jaimez) Mendoza on March 12, 1953 in Lawrence, Ks. He was number 8 of 15 children. He loved fishing, billiards, and KU basketball.

Ruben is survived by his five children, daughters, Melinda Mendoza, Robyn Mendoza, and Jade Mendoza; and sons, Ruben Mendoza and Ryan Mendoza; his 14 siblings, which include ten sisters, and four brothers; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Mary; and brothers Antonio and Robert.

A viewing of the body will be available to family and friends at Warren-McElwain Mortuary on Thursday, March 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The family is grateful for condolences and will be accepting donations. Memorial Contributions may be made in Ruben’s name to Warren-McElwain Mortuary to cover the cost of funeral expenses. For more information or to post a condolence go to

The funeral service is dress down but the family asks that those attending wear KU attire or colors.

8 Condolences

  1. Jeremy Garcia on March 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Descansa en Paz Tio!! And give everyone my love on them streets of heaven and please hold it down for me up there and I’ll hold it down here for you!!! Our families have been really close for many years and you and my pops were like brothers and I’ve always referred to you as Tio and your children as my cousins I’ll will forever miss you!! Plus I know one day we will reunite in eternal paradise so till then soar like a ???? and continue to run with the best of them up there and go be FREE!!!!

  2. Jessie & Skip Dawson on March 1, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    RIP Ruben you will be greatly missed by all who know you.
    Jessie & Skip Dawson

  3. Angela Crenshaw & Family on March 2, 2018 at 2:32 am

    I was deeply saddened to have recieved the news of Ruben’s passing that early morning.
    I send my sincere & heartfelt condolences to the Mendoza family throughout this difficult time of grief. Your family has been a part of my life for so many years that I can hardly imagine Ruben not being here.
    I want you all to know…It was a privilege to have known Ruben throughout the years, he had the kindest heart, willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. I always enjoyed the conversations we had over the years. I am so very, very sorry for your loss, he will truly be missed.
    May God surround Ruben’s family with peace, comfort, understanding & the warmth of his love & may your wonderful memories be a comfort to you.

    Love, Angie Crenshaw & Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest easy now my friend.

    ‘Loss leaves a heartache that will never heal but love leaves a memory that no one can steal’

  4. MaLinda Manis on March 2, 2018 at 9:43 am

    My heart is heavy with this news. Fly high Ruben, shoot those hoops in Heaven, do some long time fishing, shoot pool, and shine down on all those you love and knew. You have forever to be happy and healthy! May God give your loved ones all the peace and comfort they need to see them through these difficult days. May He wrap them in his arms and reassure them you’re pain free and healthy now. I’ll miss you!

    MaLinda Ma

  5. Leland McMechan on March 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    We had a lot of fun back in the day running around in our old Chevys! Ruben will truly be missed . Praying for family.

  6. Monti and Rosalie Copp on March 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Sending love and prayers for my Mendoza Family. Ruben was such a kind and loving man.

  7. Gregory Galloway on March 5, 2018 at 7:30 am

    To the bereaved, I am sadden to learn of your loss. Although I have not seen Ruben for years, I still recall he was friendly, fun loving, with a kind and gentle soul. Prayers for strength, for the entire Mendoza family. Take your rest, my friend.

  8. Cathie Pearson on March 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Your common law wife of over 20 years, Diana Gideon, mother of Jade Mendoza, and Diana’s family will miss you so very much. Family dinners, fishing trips, working on the family cars, will all be remembered dearly. You will be in our memories for ever.

    Condolences to your sisters and brothers, and all your children are sent to them with love.


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